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About Life
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This book uses modern biological knowledge to tackle the question: 'What distinguishes living organisms from the non-living world?' In the first few chapters, the authors draw on recent advances in cell and molecular biology to develop an account of the 'living state' that applies to all organisms, but only to organisms. Subsequent chapters use this account to explore questions about evolution, the origin of life and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Towards the end of the book the authors consider human evolution, intelligence and the extent to which our species can be regarded as biologically unique. About Life is written as far as possible in non-technical language; all scientific terms are explained straightforwardly when they are introduced. It is aimed at the general, non-specialist reader, but the novel approach that it takes to general issues in biology will also interest students of the life sciences. TOC:Introduction.- Ingredients of the Simplest Cells (Prokaryotes and the Sizes of their Contents).- Bigger Cells (Eukaryotic Cells and their Contents).- Hives of Industry (A Survey of Intermediary Metabolism).- Delights of Transport (Mechanisms by which Cellular Contents are Moved around).- As if Standing Still (Cellular Homeostasis and Regulatory Processes).- Internal State and Gene Expression (Transcription and its Control).- Sustaining and Changing the Internal State (The Interrelationship between Gene Expression and the Cell's Current Composition and Functional State).- Responding to the Environment (Signal Processing and its Relationship to Cell Structure, Metabolism and Gene Expression).- The Living State (A general characterization of 'life').- Stability and Change in DNA (Why DNA is highly stable and a Survey of the Mechanisms by which it can Change).- The Spice of Life (Variety, Habitats, Natural Selection, Symbiosis, Ecosystems).- Curriculum Vitae (An Outline History of Life on Earth).- The Origin of Life (Major Ideas and Unanswered Questions).- Other Worlds (Ideas about Extraterrestrial Life, including a Critique of the Assumptions behind the 'Drake Equation' and the SETI Project).- Intelligent Behaviour and Brains (The Meaning of 'Intelligence').- Human Intelligence (Human Evolution and the Question of Human Uniqueness).- Cells, Brains and Computers: towards a Characterisation of Mind.- Glossary.- Bibliography.

Anbieter: Orell Fuessli CH
Stand: 24.10.2020
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Stochastic Processes, Optimization, and Control...
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This edited volume contains 16 research articles and presents recent and pressing issues in stochastic processes, control theory, differential games, optimization, and their applications in finance, manufacturing, queueing networks, and climate control. One of the salient features is that the book is highly multi-disciplinary. Another distinct characteristic of the book is that all papers are motivated by applications in which optimization, control, and stochastics are inseparable. This book will be a timely addition to the literature and will be of interest to people working in the aforementioned fields. Most importantly, this volume is dedicated to Professor Suresh Sethi on the occasion of his 60th birthday, in view of his distinguished career, his contributions and achievements, and his influence on the areas of control theory and applications, operations research, and management science, as well as his dedication to the scientific community. TOC:Preface.- S.P. Sethi's curriculum vitae.- TCP-AQM Interaction: periodic optimization via linear programming.- Explicit solutions of linear quadratic differential games.- Extended generators of Markov processes and applications.- Control of manufacturing systems with delayed inspection and limited capacity.- Admission control in the present of priorities: a sample path approach.- Some bilinear stochastic equations with a fractional Brownian motion.- Two types of risk.- Optimal production policy in a stochastic manufacturing system.- A stochastic control approach to optimal climate policies.- Characterization of just-in-time sequencing via apportionment.- Linear stochastic equations in a Hilbert space with a fractional Brownian motion.- Hedging options with transaction costs.- Supply portfolio selection and execution with demand information updates.- A regime-switching model for European options.- Pricing American put options using stochastic optimization methods.- Optimal portfolio application with double-uniform jump model.- Index.

Anbieter: Orell Fuessli CH
Stand: 24.10.2020
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About Life
40,70 € *
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This book uses modern biological knowledge to tackle the question: 'What distinguishes living organisms from the non-living world?' In the first few chapters, the authors draw on recent advances in cell and molecular biology to develop an account of the 'living state' that applies to all organisms, but only to organisms. Subsequent chapters use this account to explore questions about evolution, the origin of life and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Towards the end of the book the authors consider human evolution, intelligence and the extent to which our species can be regarded as biologically unique. About Life is written as far as possible in non-technical language; all scientific terms are explained straightforwardly when they are introduced. It is aimed at the general, non-specialist reader, but the novel approach that it takes to general issues in biology will also interest students of the life sciences. TOC:Introduction.- Ingredients of the Simplest Cells (Prokaryotes and the Sizes of their Contents).- Bigger Cells (Eukaryotic Cells and their Contents).- Hives of Industry (A Survey of Intermediary Metabolism).- Delights of Transport (Mechanisms by which Cellular Contents are Moved around).- As if Standing Still (Cellular Homeostasis and Regulatory Processes).- Internal State and Gene Expression (Transcription and its Control).- Sustaining and Changing the Internal State (The Interrelationship between Gene Expression and the Cell's Current Composition and Functional State).- Responding to the Environment (Signal Processing and its Relationship to Cell Structure, Metabolism and Gene Expression).- The Living State (A general characterization of 'life').- Stability and Change in DNA (Why DNA is highly stable and a Survey of the Mechanisms by which it can Change).- The Spice of Life (Variety, Habitats, Natural Selection, Symbiosis, Ecosystems).- Curriculum Vitae (An Outline History of Life on Earth).- The Origin of Life (Major Ideas and Unanswered Questions).- Other Worlds (Ideas about Extraterrestrial Life, including a Critique of the Assumptions behind the 'Drake Equation' and the SETI Project).- Intelligent Behaviour and Brains (The Meaning of 'Intelligence').- Human Intelligence (Human Evolution and the Question of Human Uniqueness).- Cells, Brains and Computers: towards a Characterisation of Mind.- Glossary.- Bibliography.

Anbieter: Thalia AT
Stand: 24.10.2020
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Stochastic Processes, Optimization, and Control...
154,00 € *
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This edited volume contains 16 research articles and presents recent and pressing issues in stochastic processes, control theory, differential games, optimization, and their applications in finance, manufacturing, queueing networks, and climate control. One of the salient features is that the book is highly multi-disciplinary. Another distinct characteristic of the book is that all papers are motivated by applications in which optimization, control, and stochastics are inseparable. This book will be a timely addition to the literature and will be of interest to people working in the aforementioned fields. Most importantly, this volume is dedicated to Professor Suresh Sethi on the occasion of his 60th birthday, in view of his distinguished career, his contributions and achievements, and his influence on the areas of control theory and applications, operations research, and management science, as well as his dedication to the scientific community. TOC:Preface.- S.P. Sethi's curriculum vitae.- TCP-AQM Interaction: periodic optimization via linear programming.- Explicit solutions of linear quadratic differential games.- Extended generators of Markov processes and applications.- Control of manufacturing systems with delayed inspection and limited capacity.- Admission control in the present of priorities: a sample path approach.- Some bilinear stochastic equations with a fractional Brownian motion.- Two types of risk.- Optimal production policy in a stochastic manufacturing system.- A stochastic control approach to optimal climate policies.- Characterization of just-in-time sequencing via apportionment.- Linear stochastic equations in a Hilbert space with a fractional Brownian motion.- Hedging options with transaction costs.- Supply portfolio selection and execution with demand information updates.- A regime-switching model for European options.- Pricing American put options using stochastic optimization methods.- Optimal portfolio application with double-uniform jump model.- Index.

Anbieter: Thalia AT
Stand: 24.10.2020
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